2013 El Terroir, Domaines Lupier, Navarra, Spain

2013 El Terroir, Domaines Lupier, Navarra, Spain

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2013 El Terroir, Domaines Lupier, Navarra, Spain

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Deep ruby in colour, this pure Garnacha has an expressive nose of ripe black cherry and plum with layers of subtle spice, toast and balsamic. It is concentrated and complex, yet extremely elegant thanks both to the benevolent 2013 vintage and the incredibly old Garnacha vines which date back to the early 20th century. Precise fruit and subtle spice on the palate is complemented by well-integrated, supple tannins and a long smooth finish. Drink now to 2021.
Lucy Bland, Buying Assistant

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Domaines Lupier

Domaines Lupier

Enrique Basarte and Elisa Ucar, the dynamic team behind Domaines Lupier, have nurtured their fascination for old vine Garnacha by acquiring 27 parcels in the hills of Navarra, all based around the precipitous village of San Martín de Unx. These vineyards are located at altitudes ranging from 400 to 700 metres above the sea, and their photogenic vines date back to 1903.

The Terroir cuvée comes from old vines with low yields and is aged for 14 months in barrels of differing size. La Dama is an exceptional expression of Garnacha; the vines are located at 750 metres and have been farmed at extremely low yields. A true expression of what Enrique describes as ‘Atlantic mountain viticulture’, the 2010 is rich, ripe and generously structured

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Navarra

Navarra

Navarra  has come off the shadows of its mighty neighbour Rioja, to carve its own identity for modern, attractively priced wines from indigenous and international varieties. The region of Navarra extends from the central Pyrenees to the Ebro Valley with its vineyards located in the southern part of the region, between Pamplona and the plains. 

Until the 1980s Navarra was best known for its traditional rosé wines made from Garnacha, but it has since gained a reputation for being at the forefront of oenological innovation. This transformation was due in large part to the work of the Navarra Viticulture and Oenological Research Station, which has helped turn the region into a producer of  diverse (mostly red) varietals and wine styles, from Tempranillo-rich Gran Reservas and fruity rosados to modern single-varietals from international grapes.

Recommended Producers: Artadi-Artazu, Malumbres

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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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The Wine Advocate93/100

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The Wine Advocate93/100
The 2013 El Terroir was cropped from a cold, rainy and late harvest, as it happened in most of Spain. This is usually a blend of Garnacha from old vines on slightly deeper limestone soils and with an earthy, telluric character. They work with 27 different vineyards all in the village of San Martn de Unx, and they select blind the character of the different micro-vinifications (some 19 of them), and here they use the earthier lots. However, in this slightly lighter vintage, El Terroir shows extremely elegant and this has resulted in a superb vintage of this cuve, which is always a little more generous and might work better in more austere vintages; having said that, I loved the 2012, which had a more Chteauneuf-du-Pape profile. This 2013 is simply superb and vibrant, with intense limestone minerality. I see very nicely integrated oak in all the wines and in general better transparency and delineation. This has all the ingredients to age nicely in bottle. 26,331 bottles were bottled in June 2015.
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